Ever wanted to start your own family band (kind of sort of joking here),
or how about just keep your children happily playing and busy for hours!?
If you answered ‘yes’ to one or both of these questions,
your little rock stars definitely need some handmade guitars and
I’m going to show you step by step how we made ours.
My oldest free-hand drew the shape of her own guitar with a pencil directly on to the piece of wood I gave her.
For my two younger children I Google searched guitar shape images
and let the kids trace the shape of the guitars they would like on to their pieces of wood.
Each piece of wood I used measured approximately 6″ x 18″.
I then cut the drawings out with my scroll saw (a jig saw would also work great).
Once cut, I let the kids sand down the edges
(the nice thing about using a scroll saw is you’ll end up with a really smooth cut).
In other words… these kids didn’t have much to sand down. 🙂
Time to paint!
My 4 year old referred to his 1 year old sisters guitar as a “masterpiece!”.
How sweet is that!? He adores her… <3
I painted the backs with white FolkArt chalk paint.
and then sealed them.
Next, I drilled holes for the straps
…then marked my placement for the wood screws, and screwed them in leaving them about a 1/4″ from the wood.
Next, we threaded our ribbon through the drilled holes to create a strap.
For my 1 year old’s guitar strings I used soft stretchy elastic
and at first used rubber bands to string the bigger kids guitars. The kids love them, but the sound wasn’t great..
SO I ended up restringing them with fishing line, at different tensions, and they really play!!
Get ready for your kids to have the time of their lives with these simple little guitars
that by the way… emit very tolerable amounts of noise, even in multiples!
Kid and parent approved!!
See for yourself…
Our neighbor friends wanted to get in on the action
so we made them square banjos,
and these were so fast and easy to make.
If you don’t feel like cutting out a guitar shape, consider a square banjo!